A Boutique Hotel Story As one of the founding fathers of our favorite niche in hospitality, Jason Pomeranc has had a hand in proliferating the boutique hotel concept through his many successful ventures including Thompson Hotels Group and SIXTY Hotels. He joins us to share his story and shed light on the genesis of the modern boutique movement. Jason Pomeranc, Founder & Owner, SIXTY Hotels

The Influence of Fashion hosted by The CFDA The Council of Fashion Designers of America is a not-for-profit trade organization whose mission is to strengthen the impact of American fashion in the global economy. Founded in 1962, the organization's membership is comprised of more than 500 of America's foremost womenswear, menswear, jewelry and accessory designers. CFDA's Executive Vice President Lisa Smilor will converse with award-winning designer John Varvatos - who will share highlights and insights from his 30-year career, with particular focus on the tenets for building a strong and engaging brand DNA. John Varvatos Interviewed by Lisa Smilor, Executive Vice President, The Council of Fashion Designers of America (The CFDA)

Opening Monologue and welcome from BLLA's Founder & CEO, Frances Kiradjian Remember to always be who you are and go out and disrupt!

A once humble streetwear blog, Highsnobiety has transformed into the authority on urban luxury. The media mega-brand’s managing director Jeff Carvalho was instrumental in its rise to phenomenon status. They’ve garnered fame, success and recognition by implementing the same tactics boutique businesses across the globe have recently adopted. Today, we will hear from Carvalho on how to evolve a brand into an empire. Jeff Carvalho, Managing Director, Highsnobiety Interviewed by Estelle Bailey-Babenzien, Interiors and Experience Designer, Dream Awake Inc

Boutique Hotel, Culture Catalyst Javier Egipciaco is the managing director at New York’s hottest new micro-lifestyle concept, Arlo Hotels. Arlo is your refuge from the constant excitement that is New York City. True community connectors, Egipciaco and his team create immersive experiences through their many collaborations, and onsite attractions. Only at Arlo will you have the opportunity to “glamp” without ever leaving the city. We’re thrilled to talk to Javier about why the shift away from typical hotel amenities is so prevalent, and what will work for the lifestyle brands of tomorrow. Javier Egipciaco , Managing Director, Arlo Hotels Interviewed by Callie Peck, Executive Creative Director, Sideways

Boutique Entrepreneurship Described by E-News as “the globally-inspired luxury brand that’s taking over your Instagram feeds,” Baja East is likely the largest lifestyle retailer you’ve never heard of. Forged in 2013 by former sales directors, John Targon and Scott Studenberg, the global fashion house sees to it that the most fashion forward of millennials are always comfortably chic. John joins the boutique community today to shed light on what it takes to power a modern lifestyle brand. John Targon, Creative Director & Co-Founder, Baja East Interviewed by Ariela Kiradjian, Co-Founder, Stay Boutique & COO, BLLA

The Buzz Behind Boutique Coffee Todd Carmichael, Co-Founder and CEO, La Colombe Torrefaction Interviewed by Vanessa Yurkevich, Digital Correspondent, CNN

From Shark Tank to 300 Million in the Bank Josh Hix, Co-Founder & CEO, Plated Interviewed by Vanessa Yurkevich, Digital Correspondent, CNN

Vox is the embodiment of a modern media company. With verticals dedicated to everything from sports to tech to video games, and of course, hospitality, there aren’t many media initiatives Vox isn't a part of. Responsible for building brands like Eater, Curbed and Racked, the visionaries at Vox have their ears to the ground, and know what consumers want. Lindsay, the mega-brands CCO joins the Boutique Hotel Investment Conference to provide a little outside perspective on the boutique hotel game. Lindsay Nelson, CCO, Vox Media Interviewed by Jolie Hunt, Founder & CEO, Hunt & Gather